Video-assisted orotracheal intubation in mice

Alessandro Vergari, Andrea Polito, M Musumeci, S Palazzesi, G. Marano

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Orotracheal intubation in mice is a complicated technique because of the peculiar oropharyngeal anatomy and the difficulty in visualizing the laryngis aditus. Here we report a new and simple method for rapid endotracheal intubation by using a small bore, straight fibre-optic arthroscope. Under endoscope-assisted visualization of the laryngis aditus, a polyethylene cannula, inserted on a guide-wire in order to facilitate the introduction of the tip across the vocal cords, was advanced in the trachea. The success rate of intubation was 100%. We were also able to re-intubate the mice 4 and 8 weeks later without any major complications. We conclude that this method can be easily and safely used for studies where controlled pulmonary ventilation is necessary.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)204-206
Numero di pagine3
RivistaLaboratory Animals
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2003


  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory
  • Arthroscopes
  • Fiber Optic Technology
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL


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